(from , scaffold; cf. Old High German balcho
, beam, balk;
probably cognate with Persian
or its older variant
), a kind of platform projecting
from the wall of a building, supported by columns
and enclosed with a balustrade. The traditional Maltese balcony is a
wooden closed balcony projecting from a wall.
Alternatively, Juliet balconies (named after Shakespeare
's Juliet, who courted Romeo from her
balcony in the play Romeo and
) do not protrude out of the building. They are
usually part of an upper floor, with a balustrade only at the
front, and walls on the sides. Various types of balcony have been used in
depicting the scene; in particular the balcony of Juliet at Villa
Capuleti in Verona is not in
fact a Juliet balcony.
balconies are adapted for ceremonial purposes, e.g. that of
Basilica at Rome, when the
newly elected pope gives his blessing urbi
et orbi after the conclave.
Inside churches, balconies
are sometimes provided for the singers, and in banqueting halls and
the like for the musicians.
A unit with a regular balcony will have doors that open up onto a
small patio with railings. To the contrary, a French balcony
is actually a false balcony,
with doors that open to a railing with a view of the courtyard or
the surrounding scenery below.
In theatres, the balcony
was formerly a stage-box, but the
name is now usually confined to the part of the auditorium
above the dress circle and below the
Famous uses of balconies
Balconies have been used extensively in many television, movie, and
stage performances. One of the most famous of all is, by far, the
famous "balcony scene" in William
's famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet
Nowadays it is very common to see beautiful balconies installed on
facades. Specially in beach and mountain areas. New improvements
have been made to the design, making it more affordable and easier
to install a Juliet balcony. One can search online and find
companies that sell ready made balconies that just attach to the
building structure.Hotels, condominiums and apartment complexes
make good use of the convenience and the added value of a Juliet
balcony.The modern terminology has changed slightly with reference
to balconies. A true balcony includes a platform, where people can
stand on; a false or fake balcony has no platform and acts just as
a railing on a french door. In this case the doors need to open to
Manufacturers have given interesting names to their balcony
designs. They refer to the origin of the design, i.e. Italian
balcony, Spanish balcony, Mexican balcony, Ecuadorian balcony, etc.
They also refer to the shape and form of the pickets used for the
balcony railings, i.e. knuckle balcony, goose balcony, pot belly
Image:Romeo and juliet brown.jpg|Ford Madox Brown
, the balcony scene from
JulietImage:Júlia balkonja, Verona.jpg|The famous
balcony of Juliet at Villa Capuleti in Verona.
Image:Conjunt de Tres Edificis - 004.jpg|Catalan ironwork
in RomeImage:Lisbon (Lisboa) Luca Galuzzi
2006.jpg|Balconies with cast iron
balustrades in Lisbon.
Image:Balconies.JPG|Ironwork balconies in
Krakow, PolandImage:Balcony.JPG|A balcony in Perth, Western
AustraliaImage:Casa de Osambela.JPG|Casa de Osambela, Lima.